A NEW community initiative has been launched in Redditch to combat loneliness.
It comes after a new report indicated that more and more people aged 50 and over are suffering from lack of contact with other people.
Now two community events have been organised in a new drive to help end isolation.
On Tuesday, October 2, from 10.30am to 12noon there will be a ‘Time to Change’ coffee morning at the Ecumenical Centre in Redditch town centre which will highlight the importance of looking after our mental health, especially as loneliness can impact it negatively.
“We’re encouraging anyone who would like to learn more about living with mental health to come along and have a cuppa and a chat, although we should point out we are not mental health professionals and this is an informal event to combat social isolation and loneliness among any age group, although especially amongst older people,” said Sarah Franklin, from Ending Loneliness Community Interest Company.
“We will also be raising money for the Alzheimer’s Society at this event and donations would be very welcome.
“Secondly, from 1.30pm to 2.30pm we shall be hosting a Memory Walk around the Arrow Valley Lake, again for the Alzheimer’s Society and we’re hoping lots of people will join us for this fantastic cause,” added Sarah.
“We’ve timed it to fit in with school runs so people can walk for Alzheimer’s, grab some exercise then pick up the kids afterwards.
“We shall be meeting outside the visitors’ centre at 1.30pm for anyone who’d like to join us to raise money and awareness for this fantastic cause.”